Top three bars to visit over Reading Week

Explore Toronto with these unique establishments

With Reading Week just beginning for many students, some may find themselves at a loss for what to do with all their free time. Toronto is home to a variety of different bars, and here’s a list of the top three that students might want to visit on their time off.

1. Queen Street Warehouse

Queen Street Warehouse, at 232 Queen St. W, is perhaps one of the more student-friendly bars in Toronto — both in budget and atmosphere. “Warehouse,” as it’s known among most who frequent it, offers food for $4.95 all-day and the bars playlist lets the nostalgic sound of the 1990s and early 2000s fill your ears.

The interior of Warehouse gives off the feeling it was inspired from a ski-lodge theme, and the colourful lights that are strewn around the walls and the back of the bar add a hipster element. While you’ll mainly find it’s populated with students, listening to the music they grew up with, the bar is a hot spot for anyone on Queen Street West. Be prepared to wait if you’re looking to get a seat on a Friday night. The bar is guaranteed to have a line up outside past 7 p.m., echoing its popularity.

2. The Duke of Richmond

If girls with toques and oversized glasses, or guys sporting dishevelled beards and lumberjack shirts aren’t your thing, then a trip the Duke of Richmond will provide a nice contrast to the usual list of bars.

The Duke of Richmond, one of a number of different Duke Pubs, is styled after any old pub you’d find in England, with kilts and portraits of the Queen everywhere. Just off the Toronto Eaton Centre, at 20 Queen St. W, the Duke of Richmond has plenty of food to order, in typical British Pub fashion, though it’s more expensive than Queen Street Warehouse.

3. The Loose Moose

At 146 Front St. W, close to Toronto’s Union Station, The Loose Moose has a fun theme to it, looking heavily like a log cabin with a lengthy bar that spans almost the whole side of the restaurant.

If students are looking for a bite to eat, they’ll find the menu is in the same price range as the Duke of Richmond, but the drinks are slightly cheaper. The Loose Moose is also home to a large selection of craft beers available in a variety of different sizes, including “growlers.”